• PSL bets eye gold in Gwangju

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    Philippine Swimming League standout Jux Keaton Solita finishes a lap during the preliminary round of the men’s 800m freestyle of the 2015 Summer World University Games swimming competitions at the Nambu University Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea. He finishes fourth in Heat 1. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Philippine Swimming League standout Jux Keaton Solita finishes a lap during the preliminary round of the men’s 800m freestyle of the 2015 Summer World University Games swimming competitions at the Nambu University Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea. He finishes fourth in Heat 1. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    GWANGJU, South Korea: Eight more Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tankers will plunge into action on Day 2 of the 2015 Summer World University Games swimming competitions at the Nambu University Aquatics Center here.

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    Veteran campaigner Loren Dale Echavez (Heat 3) and Iloilo bet Rosemary Occeno (Heat 1) will compete in the women’s 100-meter freestyle at 9:25 a.m. while Royal Bangkok Swim Meet gold medalist Joy Rodgers (Heat 2) and Pia Angelyka Cardinal (Heat 1) take part in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

    Joining them are Van Geriel Igong-igong and Keith Ashley Ocampo (men’s 200m individual medley), and Mico Abina and Sean Martin Jay Ortega (men’s 200m freestyle).

    “The truth will set us all free. The Philippine Olympic Committee must stop playing politics in sports. Look at Korea; the four torch bearers were all products of Universiade. They are Olympic medalists. Their National Olympic Committee are all bend for the good of the sports,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    “However, POC in our country is the one hampering the development in sports. They prohibit NSA- POC members to join. We had tryouts, looking for best athlete to participate in Universiade but coaches and athletes are afraid of the possible sanctions. What crime they are committing just by playing their own sports? Be sanctioned? This must be put into stop. We must choose leaders that have passion and love in body and soul in sports and not power tripping,” she added.

    On Day 1, Jason Ryan Difunto¬rum and Jifrey Azor both placed second in their respective heats. Difontorum checked in at 28.40 seconds in the men’s 50m butterfly while Azor had 1:14.99 in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

    The other Filipino tankers who saw action on the opening day were Jux Keaton Solita (fourth) and Ramon Alfonso De Marcaida (seventh) in the men’s 800m freestyle Heat 1; Jackelyn Calvadores (third), Arianne Armi Alcantara (fifth) women’s 50m butterfly Heat 2; Ortega (third) and Raymund Joshua Sevilla (fourth) in the men’s 100m backstroke Heat 1; Louie Martin Cesdoiro (fourth) in the men’s 50m butterfly Heat 1; Marjon Tito, Jose Clemente Gelito, Ronald Homma and Miguel Thruelen (third) in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay Heat 1; and Glenna Louie Venerable, Celeste Ureta, Annyka Frances Dela Cruz and Cyra Dawn Montano (third) in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay Heat 1.

    “As early as now, we are molding our young swimmers like Sean Terence Zamora, Stephen Guzman, Kyla Soguilon, Martin Pupos, Jasmine Mojdeh and many others for future Universiade. Our program never stops. We want to build a strong foundation to create world-class swimmers in the future,” ended Papa.

    In tennis, Ma. Eloisa Guillermo lost to Varatchaya Wongteangchai of Thailand, 0-2, in the first round of the women’s singles while Kert Bryan Ocampo succumbed to Mamy Ratsifandrihaman of India, 0-2, in the opening round of the men’s singles.

    Meanwhile, powerhouse China claimed the first gold medal in this year’s edition as Zheng Shuang Xue topped the women’s 1m springboard of diving competitions also at the Nambu University Aquatics Center.

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